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TV Moms Through the Decades

1960s – Someone who wakes up early with a smile on her face. Think Donna Reed and June Cleaver. Makes breakfast for her children and husband. Makes lunches for her children and husband. Hands her husband his briefcase and sends him off to work with a kiss. Walks the kids to the bus stop. Cleans the house while wearing a nice dress with an apron. Prepares dinner. Meets the kids at the bus stop. Greets her husband with a smile and a cocktail. Cooks dinner. Cleans the kitchen. Goes with to bed with a smile on her face. Wakes up the next day and does it all over again. She may have an opinion but the mom of the fifties and sixties understood that Father Knew Best.

I think – No Way could I be that kind of mom. Well, maybe the staying home part without the apron.

TV Moms Through the Decades

1970s – As we moved into this decade, the big D became recognized. Think Bonnie Franklin as Ann Romano. A single mom raising two girls. She did all of the above minus the husband. Thank God for that handyman who lived in the building!

I think – I could maybe do what she did, especially what she did behind closed doors with the handyman.

1980s – Now, sometimes the father worked at home and the mom went outside for her job. As Maggie Malone did in Growing Pains. But still, mom did most of the housework after she came home from her “other” job. No rest for her. Not only didn’t she get paid for her housework duties, her pay outside the home was less than that of her male co-workers.

I think – I was that mom.

1990s– Ah…Roseanne. One of my favorite TV moms of all time. The Conners were a blue collar family where both parents worked outside the home in order to make ends meet. And Roseanne met my expectations of a great mom. She could make me cry and laugh at the same time.

I think – I wish had some of Roseanne’s chutzpah.

2000s-Today’s TV moms aren’t even fictional anymore. The camera has moved into the homes of real families such as The Duggars with their 19 Kids and Counting, The Kardashians, and all those “real” housewives of every city in America.

I think – I’m glad I’m not those moms.

And I think that the mom of today would tell that mom of 1950 what she probably knew all along…Mother Knows Best!

But no matter how much mom has changed from 1950 to the present, she is still the center of the family. The one the kids turn to for help and understanding. The one who takes care of the family pet, makes sure there is always those favorite cookies in the pantry and clean clothes in the closet. The one that always has her shoulder available for a good cry, her arms ready for a hug, and her heart ready to accept this roller coaster ride called motherhood.

I think – I’m glad I am a mother and that I have such a wonderful mother in my life.

HAPPY MOTHER‘S DAY to all you moms out there!

Janie Emaus

Janie Emaus is the author of the time travel romance, Before the After, and the young adult novel, Mercury in Retro Love. She has an essay in the Best Selling humor anthology, You Have Lipstick On Your Teeth. She is a staff writer at In The Powder Room. She is proud to be named a 2013 BlogHer Voice of the Year . Janie believes that when the world is falling apart, we're just one laugh away from putting it together again. To learn more about Janie visit her blog and her website Janie Emaus. You can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter @Janie5010.

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Denise G.

Friday 8th of May 2015

Love this! You've inspired an idea for a blog post I want to write as well. :)


Thursday 7th of May 2015

Fun post! I'm totally 1960s minus the cleaning part.

Patricia Yager Delagrange

Tuesday 5th of May 2015

Man, how times have changed! I remember my mom staying at home while I was growing up. She was always there for me, took me to school, picked me up, made my lunch, cleaned the house, made my meals. I recall dreaming of the day I could vacuum - I thought that would be so cool. She wouldn't let me vacuum because that was HER job, she told me. I wonder ---because she was that way, did she, in some way, influenced my current hatred for all things housework? To this day, I am not a good housekeeper in any way, shape, or form. I hate it. Go figure!

Elizabeth Manneh

Tuesday 5th of May 2015

I loved this post! I'm old enough to remember most of these moms, but like others I definitely think I'm a mixed bag of (hopefully) the best of them all.

Vicki Batman

Tuesday 5th of May 2015

Hi, Janie! I was a combo mom too. I would never be a reality mom. Yikes! Course they do make some dough off of it.

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